Projects — retail-commercial
Consulate General of China Offices
Economic and Commercial Office of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China
Become. were appointed directly by the Consulate General of China to provide 'Head of Design' services, leading all facets of the design and all consultants involved within the project.
The project entailed a highly complex brief but centred on the extensive refurbishment and extension of the existing building in Sydney to provide a flexible office workplace plus meeting, negotiation and function spaces.
The front of house of the building acts as the public face of the Economic and Commercial Office of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, where intergovernmental negotiations and agreements occur.
A key facet of the design was the introduction of a new double-height glazed atrium, the concept of which was to enable a narrative of openness and transparency in this key nodal facility in government relations. The atrium was also used to re-organise the vertical circulation within the building to better connect the different levels and departments within the building. The complex brief included improvements relating to architecture and structure, but also high-end security, technology and energy systems.
The project is DA approved and fully documented, and currently awaits instruction for the next stages.